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Dominican Children with HIV not Receiving Antiretrovirals: Massage Therapy Influences their Behavior and Development

Hernandez-Reif, Shor-Posner, Jeannette Baez,  Soto et al

Forty-eight children (M age = 4.8 years) infected with HIV/AIDS and living in the Dominican Republic were randomly assigned to a massage therapy or a play session control group. The children in the massage therapy group received two weekly 20-min massages for 12 weeks; the children in the control group participated in a play session (coloring, playing with blocks) for the same duration and length as the massage therapy group. Overall, the children in the massage therapy group improved in self-help abilities and communication, suggesting that massage therapy may enhance daily functioning for children with HIV/AIDS. Moreover, the HIV infected children who were six or older also showed a decrease in internalizing behaviors; specifically depressive/anxious behaviors and negative thoughts were reduced. Additionally, baseline assessments revealed IQ equivalence below normal functioning for 70% of the HIV infected children and very high incidences of mood problems (depression, withdrawn) for 40% of the children and anxiety problems for 20% of the children, suggesting the need for better monitoring and alternative interventions in countries with limited resources to improve cognition and the mental health status of children infected with HIV/AIDS.

eCAM 2008 5(3):345-354

The Science Based Medicine blog has a verry interesting qritique of this article here

Filed under: AIDS, Massage

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  1. [...] Ethics in MT research Posted on October 23, 2008 by Bodhi Haraldsson Dr Harriet Hall has posted here a verry interesting critique of a recent TRI study on massage for children infected with HIV. [...]

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